What does it mean when a rape VICTIM is pardoned?

by 1389 on December 27, 2007

in 1389 (blog admin), Christianity, Islam, Orthodox Christianity, Saudi Arabia, sex offenses, Shari'a, women's issues

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Saudi King Pardons Rape Victim

Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:39pm EST
By Andrew Hammond

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has pardoned the victim of a gang-rape whose sentencing to 200 lashes caused an international outcry, officials said on Monday.

Pardoning a rape victim?

Is there not something inherently wrong in the world view that gave rise to this situation?

A tremendous moral distortion is inherent in Islam.

We saw it also in the recent plight of the British woman in Sudan. Angry mobs had been demanding that she be put to death for having allowed her pupils to name a teddy bear “Mohammed” (h/t TexasFred).

The answer? Confront, challenge, and refute Islam at every turn.

Shari’a law – inherent in the Koran and in Islamic tradition – demands that those who renounce Islam are to be killed. The same penalty applies to those who preach Christianity to Muslims.

Given that reality, I must point out that we can scarcely expect people to abandon Islam unless we offer them a better alternative. Nonetheless, evil must be renounced. Early Christians faced the same penalty in the days of the Roman Empire, and we face it again today in many parts of the world. We must be prepared to explain, both to ourselves and to Muslims, why embracing Christianity is worth the risk.

(H/T: CZ the day)


For comparison:

King James Version: John 8:1-11

1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

4 they say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: Lev. 20.10 · Deut. 22.22-24 but what sayest thou?

6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.


Further explanation…

What was Christ writing on the ground?

Bishop St. Nikolai Velimirovich shows how Church tradition sheds some more light upon the meaning of this story.


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1 Debbie January 1, 2008 at 10:48 pm

The only reason she was pardoned was because of pressure from the civilized world, especially the United States. Think of all the others like her who were either stoned or killed. That the ROP for you.

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